Earlier today, Mayor Marshall Chalmers and Director of Emergency Management Bernie Morton provided new details on the City’s plans to keep everyone safe as we move closer to Stage 1 of the provincial re-launch strategy.
“While there are still many re-launch details and specifics to be provided by the Province, we are assured that this important information will be coming soon,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “In the meantime, our own CHEMA organization has updated its orders for residents and businesses that align with and enhance provincial regulations.”
In addition to provincial regulations, Chestermere residents should be aware of the following changes outlined in the updated orders:
- The boat launch will be reopening to the public on Friday, May 29th. Some changes residents can anticipate include increased sanitation measures, a daily cap on boats through the boat launch, and contactless registration for decals. For more details, visit www.chestermere.ca/boats.
- The dog beach has been reopened, provided that people do not gather in groups larger than 15 and maintain 2 meters of distance from anyone they do not live with.
- CHEMA strongly recommends the use of masks when in public where other people are congregating.
- The social distancing order has been clarified to say that while it is only immediate family that may gather inside a home, up to 15 people, immediate family does include the spouses and children of siblings.
- Any contractors coming inside a home must wear a mask.
- Sailing school and water ski schools are not permitted as they fall into the organized recreational activities and have a higher likelihood of spreading COVID-19, and therefore remain restricted like other organized sports and recreation.
The updated orders also included new regulations for businesses. CHEMA intends to align with the provincial rollout which means that if the province allows a specific type of business to reopen, they may also do so in Chestermere - provided they follow these requirements:
- All businesses should do a staff wellness check each day. No staff member may come to work sick. Any staff who falls ill must go home.
- All businesses must have hand sanitizing stations available for patrons and ask patrons to use them when they enter the building.
- Businesses must ensure physical distancing of no less than 2 meters. In an enclosed business premise where physical distancing cannot be maintained in order to provide the service offered by the business, any and all persons not maintaining social distancing, including service providers and clients, must wear a face mask.
- Businesses are advised to increase sanitation practices and regularly sanitize surfaces that are commonly touched including door handles, tools, surfaces, and other touch points. Businesses are strongly encouraged to utilize “tap to pay” or contact-less payment options. If they cannot, they must sanitize payment machines after each use.
- Businesses should pre-screen patrons using CHEMA’s Pre-Screening Questions when booking an appointment and upon arrival to an appointment. Businesses must refuse entry to anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- Finally, events are not permitted but if a business is planning to do anything special for reopening, they must create an enhanced health and safety plan and submit it for approval to the Emergency Command Centre by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Many of our guidelines are similar to the original business sanitation orders CHEMA had released in March, prior to the lockdown of non-essential businesses,” says Morton. “We hope that going back to those original guidelines (that businesses can remain open with heightened sanitation) will make the transition for our business community smoother.”
The City also announced that it is holding another all-community telephone town hall on Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm. Visit https://vekeo.com/chestermere/ for details on how to join the call.
For current local, provincial and federal updates about the COVID-19 pandemic, visit chestermere.ca/covid19.